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Full text of "The History Of Western Education"

THE REFORMATION AND EDUCATION      201

spent some years in Geneva in intimate relations with Calvin,
and was well acquainted with his educational plans. Imme-
diately on the adoption of the Confession of Faith and the
severance of the Church from Rome by the Act of the Scottish
Parliament in 1560, he and four other ministers prepared the
remarkable First Book of Discipline as the basis of the national
Church polity. An essential part of the scheme was a system of
educational institutions under Church control for all classes of
the community, which for breadth and comprehensiveness has no
peer among the educational proposals of this period. " Off
necessitie we judge it,5' reported Knox and his fellow-com-
missioners,* " that everie severall Churche have a Scholmaister
appointed, suche a one as is able, at least, to teache Grammer
and the Latine toung, yf the Toun be of any reputation. Yf it
be Upaland, whaire the people convene to doctrine bot once in
the weeke, then must eathir the Reidar or the Minister thair
appointed, take cayre over the children and youth of the parische,
to instruct them in thair first rudinxentis, and especiallie in the
Catechisme, as we have it now translaited in the Booke of our
Common Ordour, callit the Ordour of Geneva. And farther,
we think it expedient, that in everie notable toun, and especiallie
in the toun of the Superintendent, there be erected a Colledge,
in whiche the Artis, at least Logick and Rethorick, togidder with
the Toungis, be read by sufficient Maisteris, for whome honest
stipendis must be appointed: as also provisioun for those that
be poore, and be nocht able by them selfis, nor by thair freindis,
to be sustened at letteris, especiallie suche as come frome Land-
wart. Last, The great Schollis callit Universiteis, shall be
repleanischit with those that be apt to learnyng; for this must
be cairfullie provideit, that no fader, of what estait or conditioun
that ever he be, use his children at his awin fantasie, especiallie
in thair youth-heade; but all must be compelled to bring up
thair children in learnyng and virtue. The riche and potent
may not be permitted to suffer thair children to spend thair
youth in vane idilnes, as heirtofore thei have done. But thei
must be exhorted, and by the censure of the Churche compelled
to dedicat thair sones, by goode exercise, to the proffit of the
Churche and to the Commounwealthe; and that thei must do
of thair awin expensses, becaus thei ar able. The children of
* The Works of John Kttox> ii, 309 seq.